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You've hiked through Philmont, sailed through the Florida Sea Base, and paddled around Northern Tier. You've done it all, right?
Not anymore. Coming in 2013 is the BSA's fourth high-adventure base, called The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The 10,600-acre property will host rappelling, mountain biking, and—a first for a BSA high-adventure base—whitewater rafting.
The Summit is made possible in part by a $50 million contribution from the Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation. That's the largest single donation in BSA history.
The Summit will host future national jamborees and represents an attractive possible location for future world jamborees, as well.
You can read all about the exciting new Scouting venue in the January-February issue of Scouting magazine. But if you're itching to know more now, check out these links:
- The BSA's official release about the announcement.
- A local take from a West Virginia news station.
- Another local story from a West Virginia newspaper.
Construction will start in spring 2010, and then the countdown begins.
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